President Bongbong Marcos Jr. urged the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Japan to develop a 10-year plan in climate actions and agricultural technologies.
During the third session of the 50th ASEAN-Japan Commemorative Summit, Marcos highlighted the transformation and advancement of the ASEAN-Japan relationship over the past five decades. He specifically emphasized the mutual dedication to areas such as food security, climate action, and energy security.
“Inasmuch as food security is one of my administration’s top priorities, I encourage new agricultural technologies and the crafting of a climate change-resilient, sustainable, inclusive and people-centered ASEAN-Japan Strategic Economic Cooperation Roadmap beyond 2025 for the next 10 years,” Marcos said during the third session of the ASEAN-Japan Commemorative Summit in Tokyo.
“Sustainable energy security is a twin priority of clean energy to realize a low-carbon region and address climate change. The Philippines encourages ASEAN member states and Japan to undertake novel joint ventures to reduce carbon emissions, promote renewable energy, and enhance environmental sustainability,” he added.
Marcos emphasized that establishing sustainable energy security, alongside prioritizing clean energy, is crucial for creating a low-carbon region and tackling climate change.
“The Philippines encourages ASEAN Member States and Japan to undertake novel joint ventures to reduce carbon emissions, promote renewable energy, and enhance environmental sustainability,” the president said.
“We also call for climate action as we promote biodiversity management, green technologies and circular economy, and the blue economy has also become an important part of that formula,” he said.
He also conveyed an interest in collaborating with Japan and other nations to enhance the Philippines’ presence in the global creative industries market.
He pointed out that this market, valued at $2.6 trillion in 2022, is anticipated to reach $3.4 trillion by 2028. Highlighting Japan’s significance, he mentioned that it stands as one of ASEAN’s key comprehensive strategic dialogue partners, ranking fourth in both trade and foreign direct investments for the region.